What's it like to be a Carpenter?
Carpenters construct, build, install, repair and erect wooden frames, foundations, walls and fixtures on residential, commercial and industrial projects. Usually Carpenters work with wood, plywood and wallboard.
Tasks and duties
- Studying building plans and drawings to work out the materials required and how best to install features.
- Preparing, treating, cutting and shaping timber elements to be used for structures or fittings.
- Erecting building framework, roofs and floors, fitting exteriors, doors and window frames.
Each day as a Carpenter may vary depending on the specific project you're working on.
There are lots of opportunities for carpenters - you may work as a shopfitter, framework carpenter, formwork carpenter, or green carpentry, which uses materials to make buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.
What can I earn as a Carpenter?
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How to become a Carpenter
- Complete a Certificate III in Carpentry or a Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery CPC32011 in a TAFE institution. This usually takes between three and four years to complete.
- Anyone who works on a construction site in Australia is required to do construction induction training and get a "White Card" through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You will need to provide the trainer with 100 points of ID and pay the fee (set independently by each RTO).
- Apply for a Certificate of Completion. This nationally recognised accreditation shows that you have completed your training and are ready to start working in the carpentry industry.
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